Christmas Carol Collection 2021

Read by LibriVox Volunteers

LibriVox volunteers bring you a festive selection of 16 Christmas carols for the 2021 holiday. This year's collection includes traditional favorites and lesser-known selections in English and Latin. The singers wish all listeners around the world a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.

A Child is Born in Bethlehem; Traditional Latin hymn, English translation by Richard F. Littledale (1833-1890), tune by Lowell Mason (1792-1872).
Adam Lay Ybounden; Words traditional English, tune by alanmapstone.
All Glory to God; Words by Charles Wesley (1707-1788), tune by Charles H. Gabriel (1856-1932).
The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came; Words by Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924), tune traditional Basque carol.
Auld Lang Syne; Words by Robert Burns (1759-1796), tune traditional Scottish air.
Behold a Branch is Growing; 15th century German carol, English translation by Harriet R. Krauth (1845-1925) and John C. Mattes (1876-1948), tune by Michael Praetorius (1571-1621).
Boar’s Head Carol; Words traditional English carol, tune by alanmapstone.
Carol of the Birds; Words by Unknown, traditional French tune ‘Bas-Quercy’.
Christ is Born; Words by William C. Wilbor (1852-1917), tune by W. Howard Doane (1832-1915).
If Ye Would Hear the Angels Sing; Words by Dora Greenwell (1821-1882), tune traditional.
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear; Words by Edmund H. Sears (1810-1876), traditional English tune ‘Kingsfold’.
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence; Traditional Greek Hymn, English words by Gerard Moultrie (1829-1885), traditional French tune ‘Picardy’.
Personent Hodie; Words traditional Latin, tune traditional.
Shepherds Shake Off Your Drowsy Sleep; Traditional French carol, English translation by Unknown, traditional French tune ‘Besancon’.
Star in the East; Words by Reginald Heber (1783-1826), tune by John H. Hickock (1792-1841).
Watchman Tell Us of the Night; Words by John Bowring (1792-1872), tune ‘Aberystwyth’ by Joseph Parry (1841-1903).
(0 hr 41 min)


A Child is Born in Bethlehem 2:14 Read by Brize C
Adam Lay Ybounden 1:27 Read by Alan Mapstone
All Glory to God 2:05 Read by Brize C
The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Came 3:05 Read by Devorah Allen
Auld Lang Syne 2:18 Read by Tomas Peter
Behold a Branch is Growing 3:10 Read by Robin Lamb
Boar's Head Carol 1:39 Read by Alan Mapstone
Carol of the Birds 1:37 Read by Maria Kasper
Christ is Born 2:19 Read by Brize C
If Ye Would Hear the Angels Sing 3:27 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear 2:44 Read by Alan Mapstone
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence 3:21 Read by Devorah Allen
Personent Hodie 2:55 Read by Zach Hoyt
Shepherds Shake Off Your Drowsy Sleep 2:14 Read by Maria Kasper
Star in the East 3:57 Read by Zach Hoyt
Watchman Tell Us of the Night 3:09 Read by Zach Hoyt